Throughout the day, 800 volunteers cleaned up yards, sorted items and helped businesses during the Greater Ottawa County United Way event. In total, they provided about $120,000 worth of labor to support the community.
The day also helped kick off the organization’s Community Campaign aimed at raising $2.3 million and rounding up 7,000 volunteers.
Volunteers from Anderson Technologies spent their day working at Lakeshore Middle School to remove vines outside the building and paint walls, stairs, rails and doors inside a stairwell.
Catrina Chambers, campaign coordinator for Anderson Technologies, said they’ve volunteered for the past few years at White Pines Middle School and another location. She said the Day of Caring gives people a chance to donate their time and skills when they might not have the ability to contribute financially.
Chambers said spending the day volunteering is a great experience that she feels gives more to her than it does to the organizations that receive the help.
“I have found it’s extremely enriching,” the Grand Haven Township woman said.
Greater Ottawa County United Way Director of Volunteerism Shannon Morton said Thursday’s volunteer turnout was amazing.
“It’s a force to be reckoned with,” she said.
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